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Find Your Bookish Match at the Exclusive Books Valentine’s Day Speed Dating Event in Johannesburg

Succeed at Speed DatingExclusive Books invites you to a special Valentine’s Day Speed Dating event.

Bring your favourite book and find your perfect match on Thursday, 12 February, at Life Grand Café in Hyde Park. The event will take place from 5:30 until 7 PM.

Tickets cost R100 and include a Valentine’s virgin cocktail or smoothie and an Exclusive Books gift voucher.

Seats are limited so RSVP ahead of time. Don’t miss it!

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Join Jade de Waal for a Valentine's Day Food Jam For Singles in Cape Town!

Food Jamming with JadeJade de Waal, Masterchef SA season 1 contestant and author of Food Jamming with Jade, is hosting a Valentine’s Day Food Jam for Singles.

De Waal’s Food Jams are social events where friends and strangers cook and share a meal together. They are a great way to meet new people and learn new cooking skills.

The Valentine’s Day Food Jam will be held on Saturday, 14 February, at 6:30 for 7 PM at 34 Camp Street, Gardens.

The Event costs R250 per person, and there will be a cash bar. The event will be confirmed when enough people pledge their attendance.

Pledge now!

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  • Date: Saturday, 14 February 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM for 7 PM
  • Venue: 34 Camp Street
    Gardens | Map
  • Refreshments: Meal
  • Cover charge: R250
  • Pledge: City Soiree
  • More infromation: City Soiree

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Don't Miss the Other People's Memories Exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

Six Drawing LessonsRetinal ShiftExtra!TJ

The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg is putting on an exhibition called Other People’s Memories from Wednesday, 28 January, until Thursday, 26 February.

The exhibition includes, among others, works by William Kentridge (Six Drawing Lessons), Mikhael Subotzky (Retinal Shift), Candice Breitz (Extra!), and David Goldblatt (TJ: Johannesburg Photographs). It is a group show that explores the way that history and memory exist in the processes of making and viewing.

Don’t miss it!

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Celebrate the Launch of Girl on the Edge with Ruth Carneson and Albie Sachs at The Book Lounge

Girl on the EdgeCover2Cover and The Book Lounge would like to invite you to the launch of Girl on the Edge by Ruth Carneson.

Albie Sachs will be in conversation with Carneson about her memoir on Tuesday, 27 January, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

In Girl on the Edge Carneson writes about her life as a “struggle child”. Her father was arrested for high treason when she was four years old, and when she was 14 her family was forced to flee to England.

Don’t miss this riveting discussion!

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Join Robin Renwick, with John Maytham, for the Launch of Mission to South Africa in Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Mission to South Africa: Diary of a RevolutionJonathan Ball and Kalk Bay Books would like to invite you to the launch of Mission to South Africa: Diary of a Revolution by Robin Renwick.

Renwick will be speaking about his new book and the experiences that inspired it with John Maytham.

The launch will be at Kalk Bay Books at 7 for 7:30 PM on Thursday, 29 January.

See you there!

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  • Date: Thursday, 29 January 2015
  • Time: 7 PM for 7:30 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Road
    Kalk Bay | Map
  • Interviewer: John Maytham
  • RSVP:, 021 788 2266

About the book

An insider’s blow-by-blow account of the release of Nelson Mandela and dismantling of apartheid by the ambassador who was in the midst of these events. Appointed to South Africa as Margaret Thatcher’s envoy, Lord Renwick became a personal friend of Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Mangosuthu Buthelezi, acting as a trusted intermediary between them. He describes meetings with PW Botha, warning him against military attacks on the neighbouring countries and arguing for lives of the Sharpeville Six, as ‘like visiting Hitler in his bunker’. He persuaded Margaret Thatcher to descend on Windhoek in support of the Namibia agreement. His close relationship with FW de Klerk helped him to get international support for his reforms. On the eve of his epoch-making speech to Parliament of 2 February 1990, De Klerk told him: ‘You can tell your Prime Minister she will not be disappointed’.

He paints a vivid portrait of Mandela (‘far wilier, and a bit less saintly than others have portrayed him’), describing his meetings with him immediately after his release, inviting him to his first meal in a restaurant in Johannesburg for 27 years, rehearsing him for his meeting with Margaret Thatcher – and telling Thatcher that she must not interrupt him! The iron lady warmed to her visitor, but told him to ‘stop all this nonsense about nationalisation’. The Mandela charm worked no less effectively on the Queen, who he took to calling ‘Elizabeth’ and persuaded to dance with him in the royal box in the Albert Hall.

About the author

Lord Renwick of Clifton was British ambassador to South Africa during the period leading up to the release of Nelson Mandela. On leaving South Africa, on the proposal of Helen Suzman, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the Witwatersrand for services to the struggle against apartheid. Previously, he was adviser to Lord Carrington during the Lancaster House negotiations, which ended the Rhodesia conflict, and to Lord Soames as the last governor of Rhodesia. He served subsequently as British ambassador to the United States.

‘In the century since the British imperial statesman Sir Alfred Milner started the Boer War, no British envoy has had such an impact on South Africa as Sir Robin Renwick’Financial Times

‘… he became a bridge between the ANC and De Klerk’s government and a personal friend of Nelson Mandela’The Guardian

‘… master of liberation diplomacy’Sunday Independent, Johannesburg

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Eusebius McKaiser, Ferial Haffajee, John Perlman and Xolela Mangcu to Discuss Race in the Media

InspiredCould I Vote DA?: A Voter's DilemmaDA of nie?The Arrogance of Power

The South African Civil Society Information Service is hosting a panel discussion at The Wits Club on Monday, 2 February, at 1:30 for 2 PM.

The panel will be comprised of Eusebius McKaiser, author of Could I Vote DA? (also available in Afrikaans as DA of nie?) Ferial Haffajee, John Perlman and Xolela Mangcu, author of The Arrogance of Power. They will be seeking an answer to the question “How Does the Media Cover the Race Debate in South Africa?”

It promises to be a great conversation. Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Monday, 02 February 2015
  • Time: 1:30 PM for 2 PM
  • Venue: The Wits Club
    West Campus Wits University
    Empire Road
    Braamfontein | Map
  • Panelists: Eusebius McKaiser, Ferial Haffajee, John Perlman and Xolela Mangcu
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  • More information: SACSIS

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